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Loren Madsen papers, 1969-2019

Madsen, Loren, 1943-


Collection Information

Size: 5.2 linear feet

Summary: The papers of artist Loren Madsen measure 5.2 linear feet and date from 1969 to 2019. The collection primarily consists of project and exhibition files, and also includes personal business records, correspondence, writings, photographic material, and artwork.
Project and exhibition files consist of two subseries: exhibition files, and installations and proposals. These files include materials related to Madsen's solo and group exhibitions, installations, and proposals for unrealized projects. Correspondence, photographic material, sketches, planning documents, clippings, and other printed material are included in these files. There is an addition of 45 items donated in 2019 that includes single copies of ephemera created by Madsen, #1-45, 2012-2019.
Personal business records include materials related to Madsen's New Talent Purchase Award from the Modern and Contemporary Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, his NEA Fellowship and Pollock-Krasner Grant, gallery files, and sales and other financial information. Also included in this series are a variety of digital files housed on a thumb drive. This thumb drive also includes materials related to project and exhibitions, writings, and artwork.
Correspondence consists of letters and cards both to and from Madsen. The majority of the correspondence is professional in nature.
Writings includes a work by Madsen completed in pursuit of his Master of Arts, notes, an article about Madsen by Jessica Pecorino, and notebooks.
Photographic material consists of photographs, negatives, and slides of Madsen's artwork.
Artwork includes eleven sketchbooks and Long Scroll, a 30-foot timeline scroll on paper.

Biographical/Historical Note

Loren Madsen (1943-) is an artist in Laytonville, California working mainly in sculpture. Madsen graduated with a MFA from UCLA in 1970. He made sculpture using bricks and wood suspended, propped, or balanced in studies of countervailing forces. In the early 1990s, Madsen turned his attention to what he calls "data art," using statistics to determine sculptural form.


A majority of the colelction was donated 2017 by Loren Madsen. Additional material donated 2019 by Madsen.


Funding for the processing of the collection was provided by Gerald and Bente Buck.